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Metro Officer Dead After Rollover Accident

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- One Metro police officer is dead and another is seriously injured after a rollover accident Wednesday night at Nellis and Washington.

This morning, Metro announced that 30-year-old Officer Milburn "Millie" Beitel died following surgery at University Medical Center. The other officer who has not been identified is in serious but stable condition.

"Driving is one of the most dangerous part of what we do as police officers," said Sheriff Doug Gillespie in a news conference Thursday morning.

SLIDESHOW: Images from the accident scene and hospital.

The two men were riding in the same police cruiser when the accident happened. Fellow officers rushed to close down intersections and escort ambulances carrying the injured men to UMC.

Police say the pair were on Nellis when a car pulled out in front of them. Witnesses say the driver of the police car swerved to avoid a collision and his car rolled several times coming to a rest on the roof and catching fire. Metro's Fatal Investigation Detail is investigating the crash.

Police later pulled over the person that may have swerved in front of the officers. Investigators are trying if that driver is at fault.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie says the two were on a saturation patrol when the accident happened. The sheriff spoke to reporters about two hours after the accident. "Just six months ago I stood out here in the same place when we lost James Manor and now I've got two more officers fighting for their lives," he said.

Officer James Manor was killed on May 7 when his patrol car slammed into a truck. Manor was responding to a domestic violence call and was traveling well above the posted speed limit.